Some of the most complicated types of transportation take place in international waters, as millions of standard container ships make their way into their designated destination ports.
As the industry continues to grow, the numbers and capacities of the ships and ports also increase. For example, there are approximately 400 liner services; 5,222 ships, with a combined capacity of 21.5 million TEU in operation today.
In this guide, you will learn about TEU and get a look at the 20 busiest ports in the world, with a close highlight of the top 3 largest ports in the U.S.
In order to understand port capacity and what makes a port capable to accommodate higher volumes of containers, one must understand the concept of TEU and how they contribute to shipment operations.
What is a TEU?
A TEU or twenty-foot equivalent unit is an exact unit used to measure cargo capacity for container ships, terminals, and ports.